Gambia presidents claim of Aids cure hard to believe.
- Researchers, leaders and foot soldiers in the war against HIV/Aids
should demand that President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia comes clean on his
pronouncement that he has a cure.
If he does not, then he should forever hold his peace. That a leader
can claim to cure a pandemic ravaging Africa and announce that its
potency is felt every Thursday is, to say the least, an insult.
Although Jammeh's claim has won admiration from some quarters in his
country, including Health minister Tamsir Mbowe, there are reservations.
Some may argue that a president would not pretend to treat something
he cannot. But Jammeh's claims must be substantiated and investigated
beyond reasonable doubt.
It is, therefore, incumbent upon the international community to act
quickly, especially after Gambia threw the UNaids representative out
of the country for questioning the president's claims.
Leadership must never be used to seek unwarranted publicity. It brings
to mind Kenyan, Changamwe MP Mr Ramadhan Kajembe's comment in
Parliament that condoms are unAfrican. Remember also South Africa's
President Thabo Mbeki's statement delinking HIV from Aids?
His former deputy Mr Jacob Zuma, too, had sex without a condom and
bragged about it.
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